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border with algeria. liberated. a very high cost. as barack obama's diplomatic team gets ready to rock the world a new report suggests many of america's foreign service workers are paying to get the best jobs. and israel considers building a buffer zone reaching inside syria. the troops. for security purposes.
it is a pleasure to have you with us here on r.t. today. with your news from around the world french military forces have stepped up their offensive on a rebel bases in northern mali with troops moving into the city of the last bastion of islamist insurgents now around eighteen hundred troops now from chad have also joined the operation. islamic leaders have been captured fleeing airstrikes on at the border with algeria now reports from the frontline over the war torn country. wirelessly that is their money dollars they know what i want to look at today in this town and everyone is celebrating the capture of two important islamic leaders one of them is mohammed the head of the demon a group which retired a content book too for months particularly violating the rights of women he was captured along with. the leader of the movement for unity and jihad in west africa say he was taken north of keep close to the border with algeria the capture of
these two leaders demonstrates what everyone knows the city of go and timbuktu by havens of security in a dangerous wilderness we were ourselves detained by the mali an army when trying to get to the city of any movement towards the north has been strictly forbidden since last weekend when six million soldiers were killed by explosives planted by rebels on the roads leading there was this risk affects the stability of the country distances in mali are so big that it is next to impossible to travel safely on the roads so now the region lacks food medicine and fuel specifically in this part of the region and in most there are about seven thousand refugees children suffer the most unless medication is brought into the centers treating malnutrition like the one we saw in mopti would face tragedy becoming. like please treating malnutrition is a necessity in today's critical situation negligence was the cause of malnutrition
before but now and then this crisis most children are suffering does unless it happens in every home where children don't get enough care and could die. that alternative syrians are being tried to deliver supplies to to book to the in the share and spread them to the north from there we also saw many people come to donate blood so desperately needed in hospitals a christian community in the central region of mali has been collecting supplies that is. the war has taken on a religious meaning and when that happens the first. they're hunting us those who are directly linked with religion. despite the fact the war is moving away the situation remains critical to a country filled with refugees and. the health and food crisis is putting eighty million people at risk of malnutrition is there pressure on us but what is what they monitor here gonzalo luncher mali for r.t.
. meanwhile we're getting a mounting reports from cities that have been liberated by suggesting that the freedom is coming at a very high cost of french airstrikes reportedly resulted in a number of civilian casualties but over in the program here on r t i spoke to tirana her son from human rights watch she's been looking straight into these allegations. we didn't get it i just finished a ten day investigation into various human rights abuses that took place in mali we confirmed that there were four people that were killed by what appears to be aerial strike the french sources say that the aerial strikes launched by the french actually took place in the afternoon approximately around four o'clock but what we've heard is that there was an aerial strike by a helicopter at around ten o'clock in the morning on the eleventh and in that strike which took out a number of these casualties including the four members of the mica family and possibly two other civilians who was struck in
a nearby come and this is why there needs to be an immediate and independent investigation into these into the civilian casualties to find out. who did these strikes first of all and to find out what the targets were because during these sort of military operations it's only lawful it strikes occur on a legitimate military target and that's what needs to be established here at this stage she did there have been civilian casualties and that raises some serious questions we also have documented disappearances fight in mali an armed forces which are taking place. where they have arrested people and the families of those people have not been able to find them since and we have concerns about the prospect of reprisal killings this is been something that's been a concern for a very long time as these families have withdrawn the potential victims of people from ethnic groups who such as the pull on such as tirades such as arabs whose houses have been ransacked whose shops have been looted and in some cases they've
been targeted during security operations. this is artsy as a new diplomatic term begins in washington with the john kerry at the helm it's been revealed that many employees of the u.s. state department were major donors to barack obama's presidential campaign recently published reports says that competition among big money backers to land the top foreign service jobs was especially tight this year but will the details on this story artie's correspondent guy in a chicken. as you can imagine the competition for diplomatic post is tough especially in safe and wealthy countries somewhere in western europe and asia a recent study by two professors of international relations at pennsylvania state university looked at available information on president obama's donors direct political contributions and the positions that they received and they concluded that those whose political connections to president obama were measured in dollars for the administration service had an increased chance of representing the united
states and western europe and a smaller chance of serving in say central asia or sub-saharan africa donors and advisers involved in the diplomatic selection process say the competition this year has been so tight that those who have raised less than a million dollars are for the most part unlikely to be considered so what is the quote unquote price tag for the highly sought diplomatic posts according to this study friends and monaco topped the list with a level of personal contributions at six point two million dollars quote unquote the price for a position in the u.k. the authors find appears to lie between six hundred fifty thousand dollars and two point three million dollars a posting in luxembourg is valued as three point one million dollars and appointment to portugal was predicted to have a value of around six hundred thousand dollars like all modern presidents before him president obama has appointed friends and donors to about thirty percent of
diplomatic posts while seventy percent of the posts go to career diplomats so judging by this research career diplomats go to places like yemen while big donors go to monaco nobody of course calls it bribery here and these are just respectable donors who get what they want when they pay the price. israel is reportedly intending to create a buffer zone stretching up to seventeen kilometers inside syria but the country's military sources insist the area will belong to syria and they are not invading a sovereign state israel also wants to place her grades and a number of times in the zone you see there on the big screen where the stated aim of the zone is to prevent mortar and rocket attacks coming from inside the embattled country it's hoped this would also stop radical groups moving close to israeli territory if indeed the government of bashar al assad is toppled a security fence is now being erected along the front too with syria that's in the southern golan heights but international relations expert dr jamal wakim with think
so all of this has a very little to do with the issue of security. imposing a buffer zone will make israel in the future to. negotiate over withdrawing from this buffer zone rather than withdrawing from the golan heights this is very similar to the attempt of israel in one thousand seven hundred eight to zero the party and impose a buffer zone in south lebanon when it was the same claim that it wanted to defend its northern border the objective is to annex more territories and it's at the same time and at them to threaten the muskets so if israel expands its domain by another seventeen kilometers this will make it reach close very close to damascus and this is very dangerous to the stability of the regime and with it will give the insurgents like free zone and free base
a secure base to launch attacks against the syrian regime so this is in fact the mint of israel. the gulf kingdoms of bahrain and kuwait are seeing fresh public health cries against the country's unelected rulers who have been stepping up their crackdowns on dissent now for the last two years calls for more rights and democracy are increasingly met with arrests and brutal force as the conservative monarchs refuse to concede and while the west is accused of turning a blind eye to violations by its key arab allies seasons of caffein off filed this report. you. see. life in the gulf used to look like this. but the black gold hidden beneath the sands transformed the arabian states from inhospitable deserts came storing structures of glass and steel physical testaments to their wealth and power in
a wider region known for its tinderbox tensions the gulf monarchies have stood out for their relative stability and for an oil dependent west eager for a military stronghold to counter iran the gulf became a strategic away says petro dollars have helped to insulate the gulf against economic hardships plaguing other states but not against popular uprisings now the gulf monarchies as a whole have been struggling to stave off the effects of the arab spring with varying degrees of success kuwait is largely seen as the most tolerant of the gulf countries but the worry is that the trend could be reversed activists say that it already has been political gatherings of more than twenty people are banned as are political parties and when the last opposition dominated parliament challenge the ruling authorities it was dismissed voting rules were changed to ensure critics say a more compliant parliament speaking out against the system has landed many activists in jail as for those who took to the streets to protest we were beaten up by. the special forces. and the sound bombs and but on and
after the modish whoever is on the street isn't just being detained and thrown into jail it's a struggle activists in bahrain are all too familiar with. three days after egypt's former president was ousted from power the protests began in bahrain like the kuwaitis they were demanding an end to the monarchy but more representation at a violent crackdown saw a shift in some of those demands because the new law to stop it is at the different it is against the regime against the. did i get that the situation. one thousand five hundred has another we have. every day with the local. security forces surrounding the gate is attacking the people at the king and houses as in other gulf states the monarchy blames the unrest on a radical minority they are hardliners they want to see regime change they want to
implement their own style of government and impose on the rest of the population. a system of government that is totally unacceptable these demands called for a. minster style democracy captain head of style democracy in. but critics disagree saying the protestors simply want their governments to listen i want to comes to violent crackdowns he says westminster and capitol hill simply turn a blind eye we are victims because we live in a country which have the us and the united. they don't get aboard the people they don't care about the humanity they don't care about the. weather in bahrain saudi arabia qatar oman or kuwait seems like this one are becoming increasingly more common but nasa shows
a week like this one show that the gulf oil wealth alone isn't enough to insulate the countries from people taking to the streets and demanding a greater stake in their political system and unless the monarchies show themselves willing to listen their stability may prove to be a mirage you see caffein of r.t. kuwait. and of course come july from moscow where just a bit later on the program here it's going to be all about the battle of negative press but u.k. considers it like think of a potential wave of eastern european immigrants with highlighting just why they'd be much better off staying power. science technology innovation. developments around russia. covered.
with the news the u.k. is looking at ways to cope the wave of eastern european immigrants expected at its doors when romania and bulgaria given unrestricted access to the e.u. in twenty four saying that the government's not considering a negative ad voters went campaign about the country to make it less appealing to potential movers. as the story. we show many things going for our country the english language testing times brilliant history very creative people some of the best universities in the world a great place to do business we need to stand up and shout about how great britain is and get people to come and invest in business but that's not the message that europe's newest member states will be getting come january twenty fourth team twenty nine million rumanians imbolc ariens will be able to live and work anywhere in europe including britain but the u.k. government is reportedly brainstorming ways to dissuade what's feared it could be
a flood of eastern european immigrants from coming to britain one idea a negative advertising campaign where the government would say britain isn't all it's cracked up to be. that everybody in the world wants to come to england because england is obvious in the most gracious country. and forget that. there's a beautiful country loving warm exciting country to live in today so when they produce these statistics about thirty million remain. everybody's going to leave and then the last one. isn't going to be a single person left and then it really is nonsensical as one minister put it a negative ad campaign would help to correct the impression that these streets are paved with gold but even considering how to push off would be migrants the british
government has managed to offend not one but two whole countries and now one rumania newspaper has decided that rather than getting mad it's going to get even instead. the prank advertising campaign says that since living in the u.k. is no walk in the park brits should move to remain a instead stereotypes about. british food women and even the royal family come under fire danger by the british people to come to romania i mean they're here half of our women look like aids and the other half like her sister so this is a funny campaign but if you can see behind it there's actually a serious message which is that romania had still valuable resources intelligence and schumer and returns to take advantage of this next wave of immigrants instead of marking their nevertheless last month the u.k. home secretary said that might gratian puts downward pressure on wages and has
a bad influence on social cohesion and some ministers have suggested limiting remain ians imbolc ariens access to health services and housing when they arrive as you can imagine not all the romanians living in the u.k. are cleaning the toilets some of them are highly qualified even dunder studies there so they find this very aggressive and under society campaign really whether or not the anti britain campaign will ever make it to a billboard near bucharest is now beside the point the british government has already made the newest members feel that little bit less welcome here. r.t. london. or do remember you can always stay updated with all the latest news just by heading to our website r t v dot com let's check out just a couple of the stories right now that are just a click away for you for example are people in australia being told to avoid the kind of students containing highly toxic chemicals these barrels of washed up on
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invisible to radar and can even select an attack targets by itself this report from london analyses correspondent sara. it can fly faster than the speed of sound it can deploy its own weapons and it can go deep into enemy territory now this is the ne british super drone as it's known the transistors been under development for many many years now costing hundreds of millions of pounds already but it's thought that this where the legionary niecy project is going to be taking is maiden voyage over the next couple of weeks that's what's expected now military chief has said that the transits will pave the way for a whole new generation of these new drones and it's being billed as the future of the air force but experts have warned that this could open the doors to a whole new type of warfare there's concerns about robo wolf air where machines that are able to launch their own attacks could attack humans and of course
a lot of control to see that always surrounds the use of drones as well as deal then with the here and now because the controversy surrounding drone warfare has been highlighted recently when the u.n. launched an investigation in to civilian deaths caused by the drones now assisting the u.n. in their research it's a team from goldsmiths university of london and i'm joined by one of that team now professor. hello thank you very much for joining us and this new technology a lot of talk about a lot of excitement but a huge number of unanswered questions to go along with these developments you're taking part in this investigation now we haven't even really got questions answered eight of the legality of these attacks and yet we're seeing technology sort of leapfrogging over the law at this point i think that what. we are seeing a de facto legislation by practice. of warfare actually creating the
law for the problem of the law for use it always lags behind the technologies are full of course the chronology moves much for. aster than the laws of war and the technology change the way in which we conduct our wars when we speaking about drone warfare we're not really speaking about the area bomb being we're speaking about targeted attacks and especially the kind of the new type of act that we've been seeing in the last decade that is called an extra dude juridical assassination these really are based on kill ists and they are compiled by somebody either authorized by the people with the reason or transparency and we do not know how that process is undertaken and of course this is really what your investigations hinge on is gathering that all important data is that absolutely in the forensic architecture project at goldsmiths what we look at is the nature of war in an urban area now most drone attacks are launched on inhabited areas areas with
a lot of civilians with civilians and militant are in town called in the numbers are very difficult to establish because both israel and the united states would consider every man over a certain age sometimes sixteen sometimes eighteen is a militant by definition we know it is not true the details of that investigation the results are expected towards the end of the year at tabor thinking at the journey it's they talk about bridges the steep terrain and of course all the other answer questions that go along with that. so it may be time for the outside world update but for now a same sex couples won't be allowed to adopt russian children the country's child rights chief was responding after being asked how the legalization of gay marriage in france could influence french parents looking to adopt from russia the campaign for and against same sex marriage in france has been escalating parliament voted in favor of redefining marriage as an agreement between two people not just a man and
a woman but the russian constitution does not however recognize gay married couples which prevents them from adopting. is a ban on adoption by american parents it says the u.s. hasn't done enough following a series of russian adoptive children being abused killed. into the outside world update now starting with the iranian president mahmoud the uk with a new job he's in cairo right now on his first visit to egypt in more than thirty years with the digits attending a muslim summit and is discussing security issues with the country's leader mohamed morsi and the visit is seen as an attempt to improve relations between the two regional heavyweights which have no fully fledged diplomatic ties there currently signs of a thawing since egyptian islamists replaced the ousted hosni mubarak two years ago iran also wants to get a car on board with such issues as syria and iran nuclear program.
suicide bombers detonated a car with explosives near an iraqi military checkpoint in the town of killing three it is the eighth terrorist attack in iraq this month alone and it comes only a day after a blast in the same town killed at least twenty two at this point no group has claimed responsibility for either it's. one of america's top credit ratings agencies says it's preparing to face a lawsuit though from the u.s. government standard and poor's is accused of handing down bogus forecasts on mortgage related investments in the run up to the credit crunch. two thousand and seven s. and p. has dismissed the allegations saying it had relied on exactly the same data as washington which failed to predict the crisis but also it would be the first such case against a ratings agency in connection with the financial crisis. the us sun south korea flexing their military muscles in the east china sea that's often north korea's recent threat to conduct
a nuclear test seoul said the drills are part of regular military training while pyongyang claims it's a plot to attack it a human rights lawyer and co-founder of the national campaign to end the korean war eric surat can he says washington's only pouring fuel on the fire it's the worst thing you can do under these circumstances is to inflame volatile situation to conduct these military exercises that always inflame the use live ammunition up and down the border with north korea this is inflammatory on a lot of levels and we need to step back these naval exercises it's like a race to the bottom if you will when are we going to get more creative in the way that we resolve conflict in this world this conflict gives us such an opportunity with a new secretary of state new leader in south korea we should be pushing for peace suspend these naval exercises and go from there yes.